Swans swim by; a peacock displays its plumage in glorious black-and-white while a passing duck jeers; assorted songbirds chirp; a woodpecker chases a caterpillar; a chorus of owls croons. A... See full summary »

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Swans swim by; a peacock displays its plumage in glorious black-and-white while a passing duck jeers; assorted songbirds chirp; a woodpecker chases a caterpillar; a chorus of owls croons. A chicken goes after worms while ignoring her brood until a hawk circles. When the hawk captures one chick, the crows form an attack squadron. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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10 February 1931 (USA)  »

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Silly Symphony: Birds of a Feather  »

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Sergei M. Eisenstein in his book The Film Sense, mentions this cartoon as a good example of image and sound coordination, mainly in the pawn scene. See more »

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Featured in The Mickey Mouse Club: Episode #1.55 (1955) See more »

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Is that the Roadrunner?
2 September 2013 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

There's not much story to this very early black-and-white cartoon. It's just more of an animation showcase featuring birds going about their business - singing, preening, paddling etc.

One of the baby ducks even says "meep meep", long before Warner created the famous Roadrunner. A hawk (or vulture or something) swoops down to steal a chick for dinner, but as usual cartoons never portray the bloody carnage of real life so the bird eventually flies off with an empty tummy.

The sound design and music give the short a little extra dimension, though other than that it is way to primitive to have any sort of lasting appeal.


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